Illinois (GOP Club)

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  • O Rahm, O Rahm Emanuel!

    12/21/2008 2:12:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 675+ views
    Positive Liberty ^ | December 21, 2008 | D.A. Ridgely
    ♫ O Rahm, O Rahm Emanuel! Come and give jobs to Liberals That wait for their appointments here Until Barack Obama appears.Employed! Employed! Emanuel Shall find thee work, oh Liberal! ♫ O Come, thou Rahm with Jesse’s boy, Thy Democratic colleagues to employ. After two terms in the wilderness It’s time that situation to address.Employed! Employed! Emanuel Shall find thee work, oh Liberal! ♫ O Come, thou Chief of Staff and appoint On behalf of The One we did anoint. Disperse those NeoCons from our sight And make some office space for us forthright.Employed! Employed! Emanuel Shall find thee work,...
  • Lt. Dan for Senate from Illinois!!! Draft Gary Sinise!!!

    12/15/2008 8:26:51 PM PST · by ebiskit · 17 replies · 1,293+ views
    vanity | 12/15/08 | tahDeetz
    Lt. Dan for Senate from Illinois!!! Lets draft Gary Sinise for US Senate.
  • Maverick McCain Goes Soft Again Scolds GOP for Fanning Democrat Illinois Blagogate Scandal

    12/14/2008 12:31:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 2,236+ views
    Scared Monkeys ^ | December 14, 2008
    Why did John McCain lose to Obama in the 2008 Presidential election? Was it because of the Obama faux message of change? Obamas get out the vote? Nope. It was because too many Conservatives and Republicans were not inspired my the maverick because they did not trust McCain to act like a Republican. Suddenly, in the wake of a senate seat for sale scandal and Obama not being openly honest, McCain decides to be mavericky. Dear Senator McCain, the way that this has been handled by Obama screams that people ask questions. When even Democrats begin to question the silence...
  • Valerie Jarrett (Compliments of The GOP)

    12/12/2008 8:44:57 PM PST · by earmarksrus · 3 replies · 895+ views
    Barack Book ^ | none | Republican National Committee
    Valerie Jarrett Who Am I? Chicago Medical Center As Well." (Jay Newton-Small, "Campaign Insider," Time, 4/7/08) "Chicago Is In The Running For The 2016 Olympics One Of Obama's Top Advisers, Valerie Jarrett, Is The Vice Chair Of Chicago's Bid Committee." (Lynn Sweet, "McCain, Obama, Clinton All Push Bush On China Games," Chicago Sun-Times, 4/10/08) Under A Plan Devised By The City Of Chicago And Habitat Co., "The City Has Lost More Than 13,000 Housing Units For The Poor." (Jason Grotto and Laurie Cohen, "Obama Adviser Shapes City Housing Policy," Chicago Tribune, 7/5/08) "Habitat Has Earned $6.8 Million In Fees...
  • Team Barry begins to throw the Chicago machine under the bus

    12/09/2008 8:27:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,631+ views
    Sister Toldjah ^ | December 9, 2008
    And in the process, they contradict themselves twice. Jake Tapper reports: Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorneys office today, said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I dont think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time. Asked what contact hed had with the governors office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect...
  • Oberweis: 'No plans' to seek office again

    11/07/2008 4:10:30 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies · 774+ views
    The Geneva Sun ^ | November 7, 2008 | Andre Salles
    Since the start of his race for the Fox Valley congressional seat which took him through two primary elections in February, a special election in March and Tuesday's general election, Oberweis spent more than $4.6 million and pumped a significant amount of his own money into the campaign. After this latest defeat, Oberweis said he has "no plans" to run for office again. "I've learned never to say never because things change, but I'm not planning anything like that now," he said.
  • The Manifesto of the Silenced Majority (Good one)

    10/21/2008 2:47:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 663+ views
    Doug Ross's Journal ^ | October 20, 2008
    We believe that Barack Obama is a brilliant orator and a man possessed of more charisma than any politician since JFK. But we also believe that his philosophy of "spreading the wealth around" is an ill-disguised form of socialism that undermines everything America holds dear. We believe that a "tax cut on 95% of working Americans" when only 63% of Americans pay taxes is nonsensical. We believe that the Obama campaign's obfuscated funding for ACORN (originally described as "event planning") undermines the integrity of our elections and calls into question the legality of his tactics. ...
  • Obama Said To Want African-American Senate Successor Appointed

    10/20/2008 12:12:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 2,192+ views
    Wizbang ^ | October 19, 2008 | Steve Schippert
    Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed wonders, Who would replace Obama's Senate seat? She's plugged into Chicago's upper-tier social scene, and what she says she hears should be stunning. Sneed hears Barack Obama wants an African American to fill his U.S. Senate seat if he wins the presidency. The upshot: U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wants the spot. Hmmmm. That places Gov. Blagojevich, who is charged with selecting Obama's replacement, in a tricky place. To wit: Sneed hears Gov. Blago, who dismisses reports of a federal probe, wants to run for office again -- and...
  • Limbaugh on Ayers

    10/12/2008 8:29:38 AM PDT · by jadedtom · 13 replies · 1,045+ views
    10-12-08 | Tom Axtell
  • Rezko giving Obama up to federal prosecutors?

    10/10/2008 3:23:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 3,024+ views
    HillBuzz ^ | October 10, 2008
    The Sun Times today gave a major clue that Barack Obama will indeed go down with Tony Rezko, sooner rather than later. It looks as though Rezko is about to turn on Alexi Giannoulias, the 30-year old State Treasurer of Illinois (who was elected only because Obama backed him). Heres where all the clues areand then well walk you through the local Chicago politics on how todays hint by the Sun Times has us convinced, for the first time ever, that prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald could indeed send Barack Obama to jail. We need to repeat that: we never believed, until...
  • Sarah Barracuda on the Prowl

    10/04/2008 2:42:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 968+ views
    Holy Coast ^ | October 4, 2008 | Rick Moore
    I like hearing this: ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists" because of his association with a former 1960s radical, stepping up the campaign's effort to portray Obama as unacceptable to American voters. Palin's reference was to Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the group the Weather Underground. Its members took credit for bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, during the tumultuous Vietnam War era four decades ago. Obama, who was a child when the group was active, served on a...
  • Another poll to Freep" Who won Friday's Debate?

    09/28/2008 2:24:19 AM PDT · by Military family member · 9 replies · 901+ views
    The Journal of Business. ^ | Sept. 26, 2008 | Journal of Business
    Please FREEP this poll! We're working hard to re-establish a GOP base in our county. We need all the help we can get.
  • Palin [Secret Service] Code Name: 'Denali'

    09/10/2008 7:54:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 1,242+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2008 | Anne E. Kornblut
    <p>The Secret Service has selected a fitting enough code name for Gov. Sarah Palin: "Denali," same as the Alaska national park and preserve famed for its mountain peaks and wildlife.</p> <p>Perhaps even more perfect is their code name for former oil slope worker Todd Palin -- "Driller." McCain and Palin have made drilling for oil a central part of their platform, so much so that "Drill, baby, drill!" is now a regular McCain-Palin rally chant.</p>
  • Panic Time for Obama McCain/Palin Gets Bounce and Poll Trending in their Favor (Gallup & Zogby)

    09/07/2008 7:32:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies · 980+ views
    Scared Monkeys ^ | September 7, 2008
    Now thats a bounce and a half Obama, Biden, the LEFT and the MSM can complain all they want in their efforts to discredit Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, the truth of the matter is that their efforts are failing and the favorable trend of the McCain/Biden ticket is on the up-swing. The LEFT does not have the right to tell McCain how he is to run their campaign Obama and his crew only have the right and ability to run theirs in the manner they seem fit. In all honesty, the Obama campaign has been run terribly...
  • Polls: Clintonistas Going McCain

    08/26/2008 12:17:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 930+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 25, 2008 | Amanda Carpenter
    Two polls separate polls show a substantial number of Hillary Clintons supporters are considering voting for a Republican president, rather than Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in November. A USA TODAY/Gallup poll conducted last Thursday-Sunday found 23 percent of Clintons supporters said they may vote for GOP presidential candidate John McCain in November. 47 percent said they were solidly Obama. A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, released late last week, showed similar results. According to their poll 21 percent of Clintons supporters are planning to vote for McCain and 27 percent are undecided. 52 percent of the Clinton supporters polled said...
  • Obama Sued in Philadelphia Federal Court on Grounds he is Constitutionally Ineligible...

    08/21/2008 8:19:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies · 2,507+ views
    America's Right ^ | August 21, 2008 | Jeff Schreiber
    A prominent Philadelphia attorney and Hillary Clinton supporter filed suit this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee. The action seeks an injunction preventing the senator from continuing his candidacy and a court order enjoining the DNC from nominating him next week, all on grounds that Sen. Obama is constitutionally ineligible to run for and hold the office of President of the United States. Phillip Berg, the filing attorney, is a former gubernatorial and senatorial candidate, former chair of the Democratic Party in Montgomery (PA)...
  • Obama Fails Real Life 3AM Phone Call Test - Big Time

    08/13/2008 11:09:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies · 1,547+ views
    Texas Hill Country ^ | August 12, 2008
    From Jonah Goldberg in the LA Times: The Obama campaign has for months pursued the odd strategy of having the junior senator from Illinois act as if he were already kinda-sorta president of the United States. In June, it tried sticking a quasi-presidential seal on his lectern. Then in July, he conducted what seemed like official state visits with foreign leaders and delivered something like a prenaugural address in Berlin, inviting comparisons to JFK and Reagan. Now fate has given Obama a chance to be presidential rather than pretend. Obamas response? First, late Thursday evening, he gave a conventional written...
  • Voting for Melanin, and Not Character

    06/17/2008 7:58:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 386+ views
    Val's Bien ^ | June 16, 2008
    I guess the desire for a black president is so compelling, that some black Republicans are considering voting for Obama. If you are a bona fide Republican, you'd be giving up a lot of your principles to vote for a left-wing whacko like Obama. Black Republicans already get a lot of grief because they struggle against the slavery traps of the Democrat Party. They are already classed as traitors to their race because they refuse to accept the chains of socialism. Black Republicans have already suffered enough abuse so why weakly surrender to a plainly inferior presidential candidate like Obama,...
  • Why Do Jews Still Vote Democrat?

    06/08/2008 7:12:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies · 2,044+ views
    The media fell all over themselves when Obama spoke in front of AIPAC as he did his best to cozy up to the Jewish community. But the media fails to mention that the liberal wing of the Democrat party is dangerously close to outright anti-Semitism (if not there already). Charles Johnson has detailed this extensively every time someone at Obama-backing Daily Kos (including old "screw them" Kos himself) lets down their guard and lets their true anti-Semitism be seen. Still the Jewish vote goes for whatever Democrat happens to be running. I'm guessing that they feel that a Jewish president...
  • A List of Things About Obama That Are Not Rumor

    06/07/2008 2:21:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 478+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | June 7, 2008 | John Stephenson
    His wife going off on a rant about how evil "whitey" is, and conspiracies that he is a covert Muslim trying to infiltrate our democracy are nothing more than least at this point. However, there are plenty of things the media don't put enough focus on that are true about the Obamas. Instead they would rather focus on things like his playful fist-bump. They have to keep their priorities on the important issues. His connection and close friendship with a corrupt crook and convicted felon. Obama supports sex education for Kindergarten! Obama sought the endorsement of the Marxist Party...
  • Oberweis kicks off 'What Went Wrong' tour

    05/31/2008 6:30:46 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies · 476+ views
    Suburban Chicago News ^ | May 12, 2008 | Andre Salles
    So you may have received a call from Jim Oberweis recently. No, not one of those annoying robocalls that descended on the 14th Congressional District like a swarm of angry, negative bees during the final weeks of the primary and special-election campaigns. I mean something quite a bit more personal. Since losing the March special election to now-Rep. Bill Foster, Oberweis has been contacting people involved in the race, people who commented on the race, and people (like yours truly) who covered the race. He's been meeting with as many of these people as he can, trying to pick their...
  • Who is "James C. Jones"?

    05/26/2008 11:09:28 AM PDT · by An Old NCO · 8 replies · 671+ views
    05/26/08 | An Old NCO
    Is James C. Jones a bedfellow with Bill Ayers? It appears that the a leading Democrat and academic, James C. Jones, has been corresponding with the terrorist group FARC. The Colombian government has found many emails that are alleged to demonstrate James C. Jones was closely linked to the organization. Is this the same James C. Jones from Chicago's Childserv and is there a connection to Obama?
  • If GOP wants seat back, pick Lauzen

    04/06/2008 2:15:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies · 398+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | March 15, 2008 | Ron Petrucci
    Many of those with political experience in the Fox Valley are working to analyze the results from our March 8 special election to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant by Dennis Hastert. One thought offered, that GOP voters thought it was a done deal and stayed home, is wrong! Many who voted crossed the aisle. I did. Jim Oberweis set the tone with his negative material. Many voters were put off by the aggressive ads. Bill Foster addressed people with some respect. Look at election results from the February primary. State Sen. Chris Lauzen won Aurora districts by a...
  • Republicans Find Nominee In Weller Seat

    03/24/2008 5:48:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies · 618+ views
    The Politicio ^ | March 24, 2008 | Josh Kraushaar
    Republicans appear to have found their candidate to run in the seat of retiring Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.) after their previous nominee, New Lenox mayor Tim Baldermann, abruptly dropped out of the race last month. Businessman Martin Ozinga, who owns a Chicago-area concrete company, announced he will be seeking the support of the districts party leadership, and appears to all-but-assured of the nomination, according to a state GOP operative. The 11th Congressional District State Central Committee will be officially naming a replacement candidate at a meeting on April 30. After much prayer and careful consideration and at the urging...
  • GOP candidate Baldermann withdraws from 11th District race

    02/22/2008 7:26:04 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 695+ views
    WTHI-TV Channel ^ | February 22, 2008
    The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party says he's confident a candidate will emerge to replace 11th District congressional nominee Tim Baldermann. And Andy McKenna says he respects Baldermann's decision today to withdraw from the race. Baldermann says in a statement released today that he can't juggle his family life, his congressional candidacy and his two municipal jobs. He's mayor of the Chicago suburb of New Lenox and police chief of Chicago Ridge. Baldermann says he plans to file withdrawal documents with the Federal Election Commission on Monday. He had been slated to face Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Debbie...
  • Oberweis gets GOP nod (special election- Congress)

    02/06/2008 2:57:24 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies · 739+ views
    The Beacon News ^ | February 6, 2008 | Andre Salles
    You could almost hear the chanting outside the building. O! Ber! Weis! O! Ber! Weis! the crowd cheered, as they stood bathed in an intensely bright flood light in the ballroom of the Hampton Inn and Suites in Aurora, waiting for the victory speech. And when Aurora businessman Jim Oberweis took the stage at around 10:15 Tuesday night, he delivered. RELATED STORIES Illinois Congressional Races Opening with a quip about his three prior failed campaigns Boy, winnings a lot more fun than coming in second, I can tell you that Oberweis claimed victory in both the regular...
  • History Says Pick Clinton, Thompson

    12/06/2007 6:12:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1,127+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | December 06, 2007 | Paul Bedard
    If history matters to you, then voters should pick Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton and Republican Fred Thompson as their parties' presidential nominees. That's because they are the choice of America's social studies teachers. In a miniconvention sponsored by Pearson, the education and media giant, Clinton, the former first lady viewed as the most experienced in the field, was first with 41.9 percent, followed by Sen. Barack Obama with 34 percent and John Edwards at 12.3 percent. On the GOP side, Thompson, the actor and former Watergate prober, won 23.2 percent, followed by Rudy Giuliani at 20.5 percent and surging Mike...
  • Obama, Thompson top Internet ratings

    12/05/2007 5:06:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 576+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | December 5, 2007 | Gregory Roberts
    Barack Obama was the most sought-after Democratic presidential candidate in 2007, while Fred Thompson finished first among the Republican contenders -- at least, in terms of whose name was entered most often in the search engine. No significance was attached to's summary, released Wednesday. Obama finished first overall, with fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton second. Thompson came in third, well ahead of the other GOP contenders. Here's the complete list: 1. Barack Obama 2. Hillary Clinton 3. Fred Thompson 4. John Edwards 5. Mitt Romney 6. John McCain 7. Ron Paul 8. Rudy Giuliani 9. Mike Huckabee 10. Dennis...
  • Viva the Ron Paul Revolution! (Barf Alert)

    12/01/2007 4:31:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 876+ views
    The Carpetbagger Report ^ | December 1, 2007 | Morbo
    Like noxious bugs swarming over a crumbling tenement, followers of Ron Paul have invaded the blogosphere. Their target is anyone who dares to criticize their hero. Bloggers have dealt with them in various ways. Some have tried banning them outright. Others allow readers to engage them in back-and-forth debates that can easily take a thread to several hundred responses. I used to find the Paulites annoying, but recently I had a revelation: Far from being scorned, Pauls rabid fans should be welcomed and encouraged. We should do everything we can to make certain they keep pushing their man, sending him...
  • Candidates on Second Amendment Case

    11/21/2007 8:30:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 526+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 21, 2007 | Jonathan Adler
    Yesterday, Senator Fred Thompson issued a statement on the Supreme Court's decision to grant certiorari in the District of Columbia gun ban case. It reads, in part: Ive always understood the Second Amendment to mean what it says it guarantees a citizen the right to keep and bear firearms, and thats why Ive been supportive of the National Rifle Associations efforts to have the DC law overturned. In general, lawful gun ownership is a pretty simple matter. The Founders established gun-owner rights so that citizens would possess and be able to exercise the universal right of self-defense. Guns enable...
  • Fred Thompsons wife coming to W.Va.

    11/20/2007 1:01:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 386+ views
    The Times West Virginian ^ | November 20, 2007
    CHARLESTON West Virginia supporters of Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson expect to welcome his wife to the Mountain State on Monday. Jeri Thompson is scheduled to meet with supporters and volunteers in Charleston, though the campaigns state chapter says details were still being finalized. Thompson would be at least the third presidential candidates spouse to include West Virginia on the 2008 campaign trail. Former President Bill Clinton raised cash for his wifes Democratic bid while in town for last months Jefferson-Jackson Dinner keynote appearance. The wife of Democratic White House hopeful John Edwards was to headline an October fundraiser...
  • Polls Show Tight Race For Hastert Seat

    11/17/2007 8:30:51 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies · 421+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 17, 2007 | Reid Wilson
    The poll, conducted 10/16-18, as Oberweis launched the cycle's first television ads, also surveyed State Sen. Chris Lauzen, Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and Rudy Clai. A total of 333 Republican primary voters were surveyed for a margin of error of +/- 5.4%. Primary Election Matchup Oberweis 41 Lauzen 37 Burns 3 Clai 0 Other/undec 19 Fav/Unfav Oberweis 63 / 19 Lauzen 50 / 6 Burns 11 / 6 On the other hand, a separate poll taken last month on Lauzen's behalf shows similar numbers. The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, Lauzen's long-time pollster, between 10/22-23. 300 likely primary...
  • Campaign watch: Socialist Security

    11/16/2007 12:26:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 371+ views
    The Patriot Post ^ | November 16, 2007 | Andy W. Rogers
    Lately, Democrats have taken to showcasing the hallmark courage overflowing their partys ranks. For instance, Senator Clinton has boldly unveiled her plan to fix the looming train wreck that is Social Securitynamely, to dodge unveiling a plan to fix Social Security. Who knew? One-upping this bawdy exhibition of true grit, Senator Obama, presented his own daring strategy. His plan? Tax the rich! Brilliant! Of course, by rich he means you, through raising the payroll tax cap to get at even more of your income. How innovative. An added bonus: deepening the eventual crisis by reducing tax receipts, but thats a...
  • Thompson Campaign Announces Illinois State Leadership

    10/16/2007 3:41:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 343+ views
    Fred08 ^ | October 16, 2007
    McLean, VA - Senator Fred Thompson's campaign today announced the top leadership of its operation in the State of Illinois. State Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington will serve as the Chairman of the campaign's state organization and Congressman Don Manzullo will serve as its Vice-Chairman. Senator Brady has served in the Illinois Senate since 2002 and previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993 to 2001. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2006, and he has continued to travel throughout Illinois to help build a stronger Republican Party in the state. He has...
  • New Lenox's Mayor To Run For Congress

    10/14/2007 2:27:35 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 249+ views
    Suburban Chicago News ^ | October 10, 2007 | Patrick Ferrell
    Mayor Tim Baldermann confirmed Tuesday he's running for Congress and has assembled a list of Republican juggernauts to run his campaign. Baldermann, who also has experience as a school board president and village trustee, said an official announcement will be coming later this week. The official announcement will include a list of at least a dozen officials who will support the 41-year-old in his bid for the 11th District seat that is up for grabs since Morris Republican Jerry Weller announced his upcoming retirement.

    10/11/2007 5:27:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 682+ views
    MSNBC ^ | October 11, 2007 | Mark Murray
    The Politico's Martin looks at large discrepancy between the number of staffers the leading Dems have in Iowa and New Hampshire versus the leading Republican candidates. In fact, Martin finds the second-tier Democratic candidates have more staffers on the ground in the early states than all of the LEADING GOP candidates. (By the way, considering how little of an organizational advantage Romney may actually have in the first two states, does that mean Thompson can get up to speed in Iowa faster than some believe?) --snip-- NBC/NJ's Memoli notes that Ann Romney seemed to take personally Thompsons "actor" barb in...
  • Thompson's wife 'no trophy,' and 'sick' at the start

    10/07/2007 12:29:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 848+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | October 5, 2007 | Andrew Malcolm
    Here's how Jeri Kehn Thompson felt when she learned her husband, the former senator named Fred, had decided to run for president: I felt so sick. I was depressed. I didnt want to throw my husband to the snakes. We learn this and more in a kind of coming-out interview in People magazine, coming out today. It's titled "No Trophy Wife" because, absent any information to the contrary, many in American society make assumptions about a 65-year-old man being married to a beautiful woman 24 years younger. The story opens with the former Jeri Kehn in sweatpants and ragged nails...
  • 2008 Republican Presidential Primary [Rasmussen Poll: Fred leads Rudy]

    09/24/2007 4:39:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 494+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Monday, September 24, 2007 | Scott Rasmussen
    Over the past four months, Rasmussen Reports polling has consistently shown Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani holding the top two slots in the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination. During that time, the weekly poll results have shown Thompsons support ranging from a low of 20% to a high of 28%. Giulianis range has been similar, from 19% to 27%. Although Thompson and Giuliani are the frontrunners, both men still have plenty of detractors who say they cant possibly win the nomination. For the week ending September 23, its Thompson 26% and Giuliani 22%. Occupying a precarious niche somewhere between...
  • Lauzen reveals run for Congress

    09/20/2007 4:56:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 365+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | September 19, 2007 | John Patterson
    Aurora Republican state Sen. Chris Lauzen will announce today his plans to run for Congress, seeking the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert. "The reason why I'm running is I'd like to serve my neighbors by continuing to provide the best constituent service at home and then to reinforce those people in Washington who are using good judgment," Lauzen told the Daily Herald on Tuesday. The pending retirement of Hastert, the former Republican House speaker, is attracting a crowd in both the Republican and Democratic parties. On the Democratic side, Geneva scientist and businessman Bill Foster is...
  • Nebraskans pick Thompson, Obama for president in straw poll

    09/14/2007 7:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 663+ views
    KSNB-TV Fox ^ | September 14, 2007
    LINCOLN, Neb. - A straw poll conducted at Husker Harvest Days shows the Nebraska farmers and ranchers who voted support Fred Thompson and Barack Obama for president. The unscientific poll was administered to 552 people at the Nebraska Farm Bureau event this week in Grand Island. Of the 387 who voted Republican, 36% picked Thompson, 16% picked Sen. John McCain of Arizona and 15% picked Rudy Giuliani. Of the 165 votes cast by Democrats, 35% were for Obama, the U.S. senator from Illinois, 31% were for Sen. Hilary Clinton of New York and 16% were for John Edwards.
  • LaHood's son mulls filling his dad's shoes

    08/22/2007 3:08:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 491+ views
    The Lincoln Courier ^ | August 17, 2007 | BERNARD SCHOENBURG
    Darin LaHood, a Peoria lawyer and the 39-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, said Thursday he's formed an exploratory committee to run for the congressional seat being given up by his father. "I'm getting very close to making a decision to run for this congressional district," LaHood said as he attended a GOP breakfast in Springfield on the State Fair's Republican Day. The younger LaHood said voters want "people that have experience to get into this race, and at this point, I don't think they're satisfied with the candidates who have announced."
  • Hastert May Step Down

    07/22/2007 11:30:06 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies · 758+ views
    Political Wire ^ | July 22, 2007
    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert "has indicated to a close former aide that it is likely he will not run for a 12th term from his northern Illinois district and may even resign from Congress before his present term concludes," Robert Novak reports. "That runs counter to widespread speculation on Capitol Hill that Hastert will continue in the House for another two years as a private member with no leadership responsibilities. Since last year's Democratic takeover of Congress moved him out of the speaker's office, he has enjoyed returning to his former specialty of energy issues as a member of...
  • Oberweis considers bid for Congress

    06/18/2007 4:53:28 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1,143+ views
    The Courier News ^ | June 14, 2007 | Heather Gillers
    Aurora dairy magnate Jim Oberweis is considering running for U.S. Congress, but only if incumbent Dennis Hastert decides not to seek re-election. "I would do everything I can to carry on Denny's legacy," Oberweis said this week at a Kendall County Republican Party meeting where he announced for the first time that he plans to form an exploratory committee. Oberweis listed "controlling expenditures, making sure our dollars are spent wisely and rooting out corruption" among his legislative priorities. Click to enlarge image Jim Oberweis At the same meeting, Terri Wintermute, a Bolingbrook Republican who lost the 42nd district state...
  • Illinois 8: Greenberg to Challenge Bean

    06/13/2007 5:31:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies · 1,209+ views
    The Rothenberg Political Report ^ | June 13, 2007 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Wealthy businessman Steve Greenberg (R) is set to announce his candidacy against Cong. Melissa Bean (D) in Illinois's 8th District. GOP insiders believe the 8th District is one of their top ten opportunities in the country, particularly since Bean won reelection last year with 51% in the Democratic wave. There was a liberal third-party candidate who took 5% as well. In 2004, President Bush won the suburban Chicago district 55%-44%, while Bean was defeating Cong. Phil Crane (R). Greenberg, 36, had previously been mentioned as a potential challenger to Sen. Dick Durbin (D), but he has his sights set on...
  • Potential Bean, Durbin challenger Greenberg to make decision soon

    04/27/2007 7:19:29 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies · 1,060+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 25, 2007 | Aaron Blake
    Businessman Steve Greenberg is weighing whether to challenge Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), or neither in 2008, and he will go public with his decision around May 15, Greenberg told The Hill on Monday. The young, wealthy political newcomer met with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) in Washington last week and said he is now more seriously considering a House bid in one of the GOPs top targeted districts, Illinoiss 8th. In February, Greenberg expressed interest in running against Durbin. But he said on Monday that his meeting with NRCC...
  • Grassroots Student Election Win

    04/25/2007 5:31:35 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 2 replies · 726+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | 4-25-2007 | aakash Raut & Fran Eaton/IR Editor
    Grassroots student effort key in Springfield GOP win Still flying high, we hear from Aakash Raut, Chairman of the University of Illinois-Springfield College Republicans, about his group's part in local election victories last Tuesday . . . It has been one week since Election Day, when Springfield Republicans did better than most had predicted, particularly in the City Council races. For the first time in 12 years, a majority of the City Council will be Republicans; in addition, independent-minded Democrats prevailed in most of the other races, against their party-establishment opponents. Many people were caught off guard, by the results,...
  • Peraica concedes election to Stroger (Cook County President race)

    11/08/2006 6:45:43 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1,005+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 8, 2006 | STEVE PATTERSON, STEVE WARMBIR AND MARK J. KONKOL
    In the end, storming the Cook County Administration Building with dozens of supporters in the middle of the night didn?t make a difference for Tony Peraica. The Republican candidate for Cook County Board president conceded the race to his Democratic opponent, Todd Stroger, today around 2:40 p.m. after suburban vote totals, delayed by technical glitches, made it clear victory was impossible. Returns showed Stroger with 68 percent of the city vote, while Peraica got 61 percent of the suburban county vote. Overall, Stroger was winning by a 54 to 46 percent margin, with 642,000 votes to Peraica?s 547,000. So even...
  • Peraica's (R) poll shows he has shot at county presidency (Cook County, IL)

    07/28/2006 2:48:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies · 1,043+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 26, 2006 | Steve Patterson
    It's been almost two decades since a Republican won a Cook County office, but Monday the GOP laid claim to having a legitimate shot at grabbing a seat again. Tony Peraica says he's leading the race for county board president -- ahead of Democrat Todd Stroger 42 to 38 percent, with 20 percent of voters still undecided. Peraica chalked the surprise up to voter backlash at the way Democratic ward bosses handed the nomination from stroke-stricken, 12-year incumbent John Stroger to his son. The poll, with a 4.9 percent margin of error, surveyed 407 likely Cook County voters last week,...
  • Local Teamsters endorsing Roskam (Henry Hyde's Heir)

    05/10/2006 7:09:37 PM PDT · by Kuksool · 1 replies · 690+ views
    Roskam for Congress ^ | May 10, 2006 | Local Teamsters endorsing Roskam
    Republican Peter Roskam scored the Chicago-area Teamsters endorsement in the 6th Congressional District race Tuesday, even though he publicly declined to embrace key parts of their agenda. The conservative state senator from Wheaton would not say whether he would have voted for the Central American Free Trade Agreement, a measure the Teamsters opposed as harmful to U.S. workers. Roskam also wouldn't commit to supporting Teamsters-coveted changes to trade agreements that would require other nations to improve wages and environmental protections. "It should be part of the discussion, that's for sure," Roskam said. The endorsements by Teamsters Joint Council 25, which...
  • McSweeney dominates GOP field (IL Congressional District 8)

    03/23/2006 5:49:19 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 1,809+ views
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | March 22, 2006 | JOSEPH RYAN AND ED FANSELOW
    State Rep. Bob Chur-chill of Lake Villa said he was with-holding support, for now, because McSweeney went negative. I set the rules early, he said. I said you had to stay clean, and he didnt. McSweeney sent out a mailing in the final week that blasted Churchill for voting more than a decade ago in the state House to extend tax in-creases.